Massington dishes on his ASU recruitment

Eldridge Massington will graduate West Mesquite (Tex.) High School this month, and that ironically is the reason why he had to decommit from USC, since the school couldn't have him enroll prior to summer. As the wide receiver opened up his recruitment several programs came calling, including Arizona State who has been pursuing him for several months now and have peaked his interest.

"Coach Porter has been recruiting me since last year," said Massington of Arizona State's Running Backs coach. "He's real smooth and we have a great relationship. We mostly talk about life, not really about football. I had (Offensive Coordinator) Coach Norvell at my school yesterday and that visit went very well.

"I know they are in need of receivers and I feel like I can go up there and help them out. When I watched them on TV I liked how they played on offense and how the receivers had a lot of mismatches. Coach Norvell said if I came down there for a visit he could show me personally I could fit in their system."

The early signing period begins on December 19th and runs until January 15th, yet Eldridge Massington indicated that he doesn't plan to delay his signing and will do so two weeks from today. Currently he has four schools in mind that he is planning to visit before that date.

"I'm going to visit Alabama this weekend," Massington stated. "I'm planning to visit Arizona State sometime next week. I just have to talk to the coaches and set all that up. I'm planning to also visit UCLA and Tennessee."

The wide receiver tore his ACL on July 17th, but that didn't cause any of his suitors to back off to say the least. As a junior, Massington hauled in 41 receptions for over 660 yards and six scores. He said that his rehab is ahead of schedule and he expects it to remain that way.

"I'm going to take it as slow as I can if I need to," Massington said his availability for spring practice. "but I feel that I'm ready."

Fox Sports Next's Texas Recruiting Analyst, Greg Powers, offered this evaluation of the 6-3 205-pound wide receiver: "He has Great physical size and very good hands," Powers said. "He can make the tough catch and runs with power in the open field. He is good in the air and is a dangerous weapon in the red zone.

"He is not a fast-twitch type of athlete, but has good top end speed and a long stride. His blend of skill sets make him the perfect down the field target at wide receiver. He causes match-up concerns for smaller defensive backs and can go and pluck balls out of the sky."

Massington plans to major in sports broadcasting, and said that a school having his major is one aspect that will guide his ultimate decision.

"I just want to take a visit and see how I like the campus," Massington remarked.

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